Laura Lorson is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. It was there that she learned how to read, write, and make the occasional decent piece of fried chicken. A complicated set of family moves eventually led her to Kansas, which is how she ended up graduating from the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1989. She began working in radio in 1990 and worked for NPR in Washington throughout most of the 1990s as a director, producer, and editor for Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and the former NPR show Anthem.


Mon June 13, 2011

GPS Users Fear Getting Lost In Wireless Expansion

GPS devices have become ubiquitous: Millions of drivers rely on them for directions.

The government hopes to construct a new air traffic control system based on GPS navigation rather than use radar.

They've also become an important tool in agriculture.

But a multibillion-dollar proposal to provide broadband Internet access using satellites and a network of 40,000 antennas could interfere with their devices. This could potentially make it harder for first responders to find emergencies, aviators to fly and drivers to navigate.

Read more


Mon June 13, 2011

Clinton Pushes African Nations To Break With Gadhafi

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged African countries to break with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and pressure him to stop attacking civilians. During a trip to Ethiopia, she also called on the north and south of Sudan to quickly resolve their differences – as Southern Sudan prepares to become the world's newest country.

Clinton, the first secretary of state to visit the African Union's headquarters, came with a message that regional leaders should learn something from the Arab uprisings.

Read more


Mon June 13, 2011

Supreme Court Upholds Nevada Ethics Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a broad state ethics law, ruling that legislators have no personal, First Amendment right to vote on a measure. The decision reverses a Nevada state court ruling that would have undermined conflict-of-interest laws across the country.

Read more


Mon June 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Blimp Pilot Saved Passengers, Died In Fiery Crash, Witnesses Say

Germany's BILD captured the dramatic scene as the blimp burst into flames and crashed.

"A Goodyear blimp in Germany caught on fire and crashed on Sunday, killing the pilot while three passengers escaped," The Akron Beacon Journal reports.

And stories from the scene paint a picture of heroism.

As MSNBC writes:

Read more


Mon June 13, 2011
It's All Politics

GOP NH Debate: Romney Will Target Obama And Be Attacked Too

Monday evening's debate of Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire will, unlike an earlier South Carolina edition, feature Mitt Romney, the GOP frontrunner.

And his presence raises interest in the debate scheduled to be shown on CNN at 8 pm ET.

A good fight is a great spectator sport and we can expect something of one Monday night. The other members of the crowded GOP field will at some point go after the former Massachusetts governor as unworthy to carry the Republican Party's mantle against President Obama.

Read more


Mon June 13, 2011
State Politics

Bennet, Gardner Bring Bipartisan Road show to NOCO

Colorado Statesman

It almost has all the trappings of a joke – a Democrat and Republican visit northern Colorado together. But that was the case late last week when Senator Michael Bennet and 4th District Congressman Cory Gardner teamed up. It’s one of the items that KUNC’s Brian Larson and Colorado Statesman Publisher Jody Hope Strogoff are discussing.


Mon June 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Canadian Med School Dean Irks Students With Copycat Speech

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 9:02 am

Dr. Atul Gawande at the 2010 The New Yorker Festival in New York.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Students looking to get into med school aren't the only ones accused of cheating.

Read more


Mon June 13, 2011
The Two-Way

In Retaliation, Anonymous Launches Attack On Spanish Police Website

We reported last week that Spanish authorities had arrested three people they said were members of the cyber activist collective Anonymous who were inovlved in the hacking of Sony's Playstation database.

Read more


Mon June 13, 2011
The Two-Way

WWII-Era B-17 Bomber Crashes In Illinois; Seven On Board Said To Be OK

"A vintage World War II bomber crashed and burned in a field southeast of Aurora Municipal [Ill.] Airport this morning," the Chicago Tribune writes, "but the seven people on board escaped without injury, according to aviation officials."

Read more